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    Tales Beneath the Baobab Tree
    2019 Summer Theatre Adventure

    A drum beats, a rattle shakes, and a voice cries out, “Come hear! Come hear!”

    “A story! A story!” The answering call rings out across the village as the sun sets and people gather to hear the storyteller.

    Come with us to a little village between the coast and the forest in Ghana, where we will hear tales that have been loved for centuries. We will meet Anansi the spider, Rabbit, Turtle, Lion, and a host of other animals. Through them, we will learn how stories came into the world, why rabbits have long ears and short tails, and more.

    “Tales Beneath the Baobab Tree” is a play written and directed by Darrin Crow based upon the African folk tales, Rabbit at the Water Hole, Yam, and Anansi. Join Playtime Poppy, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and the African American Museum of Iowa as we explore tales and traditions from West Africa through a play written and directed by Darrin Crow.

    Hosted by: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
    In partnership with: African American Museum of Iowa

    Auditions: June 2, 2019 at 1:00pm
    Ages: 7 -14 Cost: Free

    Tech Crew: Applications due June 2, 2109
    Ages: 12-14
    Application coming soon!

    Rehearsals: June 17 – 21 from 9:00 – 12:00
    Performances: Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 9:30 and 11:00

    The Summer Theatre Adventure is a free week long, immersive theatre experience for ages 7 – 14 to engage with theatre, culture, and community.

    Darrin Crow, Director: Darrin Crow is a storyteller, actor, and director from Cedar Rapids. He grew up learning those arts in the Cedar Rapids schools- including acting in several Playtime Poppy shows. Darrin tells powerful, imaginative, engaging stories that keep audiences on the edge of their seats and stick with them long after the tale ends. Whether in a classroom, museum, festival, art fair, or ancient Greek amphitheater, Darrin crafts stories that deliver exactly what the listeners need. He is a regular instructor with the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy in subjects like storytelling, puppetry, and improvisation. He is drama director at Harding Middle School and assistant speech coach at Cedar Valley Christian School.

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    There is still one more chance to see Playtime Poppy this spring! Come to Washington High School for today’s 2 p.m. performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

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    Volunteers, cast, and audience members all had a great time at our 5 p.m. show. Join us at 7:30 tonight, or tomorrow at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Washington High School.

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    Playtime Poppy Children's Theatre

    Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Washington High School Thursday at 5:00!

    Thursday, April 18 at 5:00pm
    Friday, April 19 at 5:00pm* and 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 20 at 11:00am* and 2:00pm
    *American Sign Language interpretation with Kelley Panosh

    Remember to bring your Poppy Passports!!

    Tickets are $5 (ages 1-99) and are available 45 minutes prior to each performance. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes prior to performance. Playtime Poppy performances are typically one hour in length.

    Supported by our season sponsor, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, and our media sponsor, 104-5 KDAT!Thursday, April 18 at 5:00pm
    Friday, April 19 at 5:00pm* and 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 20 at 11:00am* and 2:00pm
    *American Sign Language interpretation with Kelley Panosh

    Thank you to Cooper Shields and Sheryl Geuder Payton for the beautiful photos!

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